Where... Millbrook,Cornwall Cornwall
Rame Peninsula, Cornwall Approx. 5000 people in three villages where we are based(Kingsand/Cawsand/ Millbrook ) Rural area, but close to Plymouth city Our villages
Where We Work • Local villages • Cornwall • Europe • Active partners in most EU countries • We are making Europe work for our area!
Who We Are • A not-for-profit community interest company • Started 2006, as a language school • Close connection to Point Europa
What we do • European projects – Leonardo and Grundtvig senior volunteering, learning partnerships and large scale TOI’s • Work experience • Support for local community groups • Rame Business Centre
European Projects 8 projects completed or currently operating: • Wide range of themes: gardening, theatre, unemployment, art...working with disadvantaged groups • Excellent way to engage with our community
UK participants – Slovakia, January 2013 • Helen Markwood – events manager, flower arranging and traditional crafts • Jill Davies – has a university degree in costume and previously worked in costume industry. Community volunteer and has carried out workshops in one of the local schools • Anne Carne – Community volunteer and volunteers with local schools including art and craft clubs and workshops • Hetty Kalantar – KC English staff
RPT in the UK • Sharing experiences and transferring knowledge between generations in order to pass on and promote traditions • Celebrate cultural heritage • All the UK participants here in Slovakia have experience and knowledge in this area
Traditional Costume and Dance, UK • Black Prince May Day festival – May 2013 • Flower arranging – crafts and flora • Traditional Costume • Traditional Dance • Passing traditions from one generation to another
The Mayday Black Prince Festivalhttp://www.blackprinceatrame.co.uk/history.html • Celtic and Pagan origins have been adapted over the course of time. Those taking part are encouraged to wear traditional clothes - men in white smocks and top hats, with large buttonholes of white flowers, and ladies in long white dresses with red ribbons, sashes, and red flowers in garlands and in their hair. • A Flower Boat called the Black Prince is carried in a procession held on May Bank Holiday (a national holiday on the 1st Monday in May) through the local villages • The event is seen as symbolically marking the death of winter, with the launch of the boat in Cawsand Bay carrying the dead season away. • Now it is only the children who wear red and white clothing (not a specific traditional costume) for May Pole dancing and the procession
Traditional dance http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS2JYJaM3H4
Morris Dancing • This is a very ancient form of dance – some say it’s a form of fertility rites which are based on Moorish dances spreading up through Spain and into Europe in medieval times. • Several versions of Morris dance exist and are characterised by the white or sometimes black clothing with bells tied around the shins or on the shoes. Hankies/ribbons and sticks are held in the hands. • There are groups of Morris dancing enthusiasts all over England. 10 different groups involved in the local Black Prince festival
Traditional Costume - local • Local ‘Town Crier’ competition • A voluntary public official role (have support of the local Parish Council) – involves public announcements (shouting and ringing a bell!) public events in our local area include the May Day Black Prince celebrations in Millbrook/Cawsand. • Criers often dress elaborately, by a tradition dating to the 18th century, in a red and gold robe, white breeches, black boots and a tricorne hat. • They carry a handbell to attract people's attention, as they shout the words "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez!" before making their announcements. The word "Oyez" means "hear ye," which is a call for silence and attention. Oyez derives from the Anglo-Norman word for listen. • One of our community ‘senior’ volunteers took part in the last competition and became the Deputy Town Crier
Traditional Costume in the UK • Workshop in local primary school for the Royal Diamond Jubilee Celebrations June 2012 • Engaging the children by looking at traditional Royal costumes – crowns etc… • Some photographs of this to circulate
Tartan – a type of fabric used in traditional costume in the UK • The CORNISH TARTAN is relatively new possibly only being patented around 30 year ago, although other versions of the cloth existed for over 100 years. This particular tartan consists of only 4 colours, Yellow representing the gorseflower which is always in bloom in Cornwall. Black which is the colour of tin ore, cassiterite, once commonly found in Cornwall. Blue is the sea which surrounds the county. • Red/orange is for the legs of the Cornish bird the CHOUGH. • The difference between Cornish and Scottish Tartan is that the Cornish Tartan is specific to the County and area whereas the Scottish Tartan is extremely varied and each one specific to a particular family name or clan.
Scottish Tartan • The SCOTTISH TARTAN kilt dates back before the 1500s when the first of these items of dress was just a plain piece of material worn over the shoulder as a cloak. It became fashionable through the Scottish author Sir Walter Scott’s novels and then by Queen Victoria, who was a great admirer of anything Scottish, in the mid 1800s. • Both Cornish and Scottish tartan kilts are worn for ceremonial occasions, weddings etc. • THE SPORRAN • The name is Scottish/Gaelic for purse and this is exactly what it is. This is a traditional part of the male Scottish Highland dress. It performs the same function as pockets on the pocketless Scottish Kilt. It is made of either leather or fur and worn on a leather strap or chain around the top of the hips.
The End We look forward to hosting you in May 2013 for the final meeting of the RPT project!